Staying Rustic in Antigua – Candelaria Hotel Review

While touring Antigua’s cobblestone streets I had the absolute pleasure of calling the Candelaria Hotel home. Not only was this rustic hotel my favorite while touring Central America, it was instrumental in me falling for Antigua. Here’s why:


From the outside, the Candelaria Antigua Hotel is easy to miss. Located a short 10-minute walk from the center of town, and on an unassuming street, this hotel is quietly tucked away yet close to it all. Stepping through its front doors and into the historic courtyard feels like stepping back in time. From the woodcarvings to the paintings and handcrafted ironwork, the Candelaria Hotel is teaming with character.


This character flows into the Candelaria’s rooms – each a little different from the rest. All are decorated in bright Mayan fashion with blues, purples, and reds throughout the linens, pillows, and accent features. There is A/C and a small tv in the rooms, but with its rooftop patio, there is no need for television.

On top of that

In the center of the Candelaria Hotel, you will find a lush garden and water feature. Above it all is possibly its best feature, a rooftop terrace with amazing views of Antigua and its surrounding volcanoes.

Candelaria Hotel Review

Seriously, this place.

Good Start

Each morning started with a traditional Guatemalan breakfast in the dining area. This included meal was a great way to start our day exploring Antigua and beyond. It also helped combat the vices of the previous night.

A Perfect Day

Seriously. This hotel is wonderful. The warm staff, buckets of character, and rooftop relaxation zone makes the Candelaria Hotel a great find. With rates much lower than the hotels in the heart of town, it is even a more appealing option for your Antigua stay.

Hear me now, thank me later.

Candelaria Hotel Review

 Candelaria Hotel Review Good to Know

Room Rate: Check website for latest!
Includes: Breakfast, WiFi, and Guatemalan craftsmanship.
Don’t Miss: The rooftop and colonial garden!

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Although I was provided a complimentary stay for this Candelaria Hotel Review,
the experience, opinions, and rustic stay are my own.

So how does the Candelaria Hotel rank?

10 Comfort
10 Character
9 Location
10 Value
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